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High-value Architecture (1989-96)
Updated Jan 14/99)

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 see also, Study Tips #1 article
 see also, Study Tips #7 article ("glow" varieties)

 BRC Architecture series 1 checklist
 BRC Architecture series 2 checklist

Background

1376 (13k)High-value Architecture designs first appeared in May 1989. Since that time, 6 different designs were issued. All but one of the designs is available in more than one variety.

Different printers and different papers have resulted in more than a doubling of the number of collectable varieties.

Three different paper manufacturers have supplied paper: Harrison, Peterborough, and Coated Paper. With that said, paper identification is not required to differentiate between the various printings.

Some consider the 6 values to be two different series. This is due to the noticeable size difference.

All of the high-value Architecture stamps were issued in panes of 25 stamps. Top

Checklist

The two "series" (ie. different sized-stamps) are listed separately, each having various identification tables:

  • 1st Series (48x30mm):
    1st series (14k)
      BABN CBN
      13 1/3
    Value Harrison Peterborough Coated
          1st printing Reprint
    $1 Runnymede Library May 5/89   Aug 28/92 Oct 92
    $2 McAdam Railway Station May 5/89   Jul 29/92 1993?
    $5 Bonsecours Market   May 28/90 Sep 11/92 1995?

      Two different printings of the CBN stamps exist (the second printing was not announced by the Post office):
      $1 Runnymede Library: Printing differences
      BABN letters are light black
      CBN (Aug) letters are dark blue green header above the main door is rounded; tan bricks appear more solid; brown roof
      (Oct) green header above the main door has squared ends; tan bricks are cross-hatched; black roof
      $2 McAdam Railway Station: Printing differences
      BABN roof trim is light green; Harrison paper
      CBN 1st printing trim is a darker green; vertical green rails at top of roof are very thick; hatching (black above main door and orange above roof) appears "thicker"
      reprint vertical green rails at top of roof are thin; hatching is more pronounced
      $5 Bonsecours Market: Printing differences
      BABN dome columns are lighter; red X has a lighter background
      CBN dome columns are darker; the two black windows at the base of the dome are "fuller"; and the red X has a darker background 1st printing darker green roof; darker black windows; more white space around triangle at both ends of building (between triangle and sky)
      reprint light green roof; grey windows; less white space around triangle at both ends of building (between triangle and sky)

  • 2nd Series (48x40mm):
    1st series (18k)
      LM CBN
      14.6x14 13 1/3x13
    Value Coated
    $1 Yorkton Court House pic Feb 21/94
    (2 different printings)
    Feb 20/95
    $2 Provincial Normal School Feb 21/94
    (3 different printings)
    Feb 20/95
    $5 Victoria's Public Library   Feb 29/96

    • The $1 Yorkton Court House printing by Leigh-Mardon has 2 distinct printings. Use an ultraviolet light to check the "glow" of the front of the building. There is an "orangy" glow versus a "copper" glow; the latter is scarce. [The CBN printing "glows" red-brown.]

    • The $2 Provincial Normal School printing by Leigh-Mardon has 3 distinct printings. Use an ultraviolet light to check the "glow" of the front of the building. There is an "orange-brown" glow, a "red-brown" glow, and a "copper" glow; the latte is scarce. [The CBN printing does not "glow".]

    The date shown is the date of issue of that specific variety. A "blank" means the item does not exist. Teal shaded entries were not announced by Canada Post. Top

Errors

Some significant errors have occurred on these 6 high-value Architecture stamps, including missing colour, imperforate, and inverted colour errors! Colour and perforation shifts also exist on some values.

  • five stamps with missing inscriptions "exist" on three issues: $1 Runnymede Library (BABN), $1 Yorkton Court House (both LM and CBN), $2 Provincial Normal School (both LM and CBN).
  • imperforate errors exist on the $1 Runnymede Library (BABN) and $2 McAdam Railway Station (BABN).
  • inverted inscriptions exist on the $1 Runnymede Library (BABN) and $2 Provincial Normal School (CBN; 4 "types" exist).
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